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Arturia has announced the release of MiniBrute 2, a compact monophonic semi-modular analog synthesizer featuring a number of improvements over its predecessor. MiniBrute 2 is the brand new version of the original MiniBrute, Arturia’s first foray into the analog synthesizer market. We reviewed its little brother, the Microbrute, some time ago. The Brute product lineup [...]

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Pluginboutique is running a 75% OFF deal on the DRMeter (priced at $9 on sale) dynamic range metering utility by MAAT. The offer ends on January 31st, 2018. DRMeter is based on the same concept and code as the now discontinued TT Dynamic Range Meter plugin by the Pleasurize Music Foundation. Following the requests from TT Dynamic Range [...]

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Reformer Pro ($238) is the most interesting effects plugin I’ve ever tried. Sure, there are plenty of plugins which can mangle a sound in unrecognizable and unpredictable ways, but this one mangles the input sound in unrecognizable but predictable ways which are easily controlled live. So, What Is It? While most effects will use the audio [...]

View post: Krotos Reformer Pro Review

AG12 is a sample-based acoustic guitar virtual instrument, developed and released by Ample Sound. It features the sounds of a Taylor 956ce 12-string acoustic guitar. The instrument comes with 32-bit and 64-bit plugin support for both Windows and Mac, along with a standalone version. It costs $169. Double Your Strings I’m aware of a few 12-string [...]

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There are many volume modulator effect plugins available on the VST market, but they often produce undesirable results. Sudden DC offsets (amplitude displacements that deviate from zero phase) occur as a result of poor sample accuracy. Polyverse Gatekeeper is 100% sample accurate, which makes it one of the most aggressive volume plugins around. Gatekeeper has [...]

View post: Polyverse Music Gatekeeper Review

Sound Author has released Night Lights ($15.99), a soundbank containing 100 high-quality patches for the Hive virtual synthesizer by U-He. Night Lights is inspired by retro synth sounds of the 80s. The included presets share a nostalgic synthwave vibe while sporting a modern, cleaner sound quality. Imagine hearing an old sci-fi flick soundtrack, but coming [...]

View post: Sound Author Intros Night Lights Soundbank For U-He Hive ($15.99)

Homegrown Sounds has announced the release of Singularity Lite, a freeware virtual synthesizer library for Native Instruments Kontakt (full version required). Singularity Lite’s synthesis engine is based on a single layer from Destiny, a premium sound library developed by Homegrown Sounds. The synthesis engine is quite advanced for a Kontakt-based instrument, sporting a plethora of built-in effects and [...]

View post: Homegrown Sounds Releases Free Singularity Lite For NI Kontakt

1208 Audio has released 1208 GEQ, a freeware graphic equalizer effect in VST plugin format for 64-bit digital audio workstations on Windows (made with SynthEdit). 1208 GEQ is a simple 11-band graphic equalizer with input and output metering. Apart from the eleven sliders for controlling the gain of each band, the plugin also features input and [...]

View post: 1208 Audio Releases Free 1208 GEQ Equalizer VST Plugin

Michael Vilogi has released a free sample pack featuring the sounds of the Volca Beats compact analog drum machine by Korg. Volca Beats certainly isn’t the most pristine sounding drum instrument on the market, but many people have a soft spot for its quirky lo-fi sound character. Pair that with Volca’s unmatched portability and you [...]

View post: Free Korg Volca Beats Sample Pack Released By Michael Vilogi

Francis Preve has released Xfer Serum Preset Pack (Winter 2017), a free collection of Xfer Serum presets designed by Austin Community College students. The soundbank contains 25 presets for the popular Serum virtual synthesizer by Xfer Records. The presets were submitted by Austin Community College students who attended the Synthesis 2 course. Francis Preve selected the best presets and shared [...]

View post: Free Xfer Serum Winter 2017 Pack Released By Francis Preve

Samples From Mars is offering the All Products From Mars bundle ($1,181 value) as a single download priced at $39 until January 9th, 2018. All Products From Mars contains every single product released by Samples From Mars, adding up to 37 sample packs in total. This includes their best-selling packs such as the 808 From Mars, DX [...]

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Make Some Music Now has released One Track Orchestra, a freeware sample-based virtual instrument in VST plugin format for Windows-based digital audio workstations. The instrument was designed by Luis Valoyes and is based on the free collection of symphonic orchestra samples from the VSCO Community Edition. This means that the included sounds aren’t new, but they’ve packed [...]

View post: Free “One Track Orchestra” Virtual Instrument For Windows (VST)

BPB and Synth Magic wish you a Happy New Year! Download a free NI Kontakt sample library by Synth Magic and make some great music in 2018! Our friends at Synth Magic are giving away an exclusive NI Kontakt sample library as a gift to all BPB readers. The library contains 26 individual presets and [...]

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These are the best free VST plugins released in 2017! We went through every news article we posted this year, analyzed your comments, and compiled a list of this year’s finest VST plugin freeware. Before you continue reading, we want to make it clear that these plugins were released in the past twelve months. We [...]

View post: Top 50 Best Free VST Plugins Of 2017

Positive Grid is giving away the Pro Series EQ ($49 value) collection as a completely free download for a limited time only (expiration date not specified). Pro Series EQ is a set of three different equalizer plugins: Tube Equalizer, Digital Equalizer, and Passive Equalizer. The plugins are based on Positive Grid’s technique of hardware EQ matching that [...]

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Pluginboutique is running a 90% OFF deal on the Orbit ($10 value) transient shaper VST/VST3/AU/AAX plugin by SoundSpot. Orbit is SoundSpot latest plugin release, following the Nebula multi-effect and the Oracle reverb. It is a workflow-oriented transient shaper plugin with a simple user interface which features only a couple of control knobs. The Boost dial increases the plugin’s [...]

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Embertone has released Ancient Voices, a freely downloadable all-male chamber choir sample library for Native Instruments Kontakt. Ancient Voices is a virtual male choir library for NI Kontakt. The instrument can be played in true legato mode (for solo performances) or in polyphonic mode which is suitable for playing chords. Both modes sound authentic and natural, which isn’t [...]

View post: Embertone Releases Free “Ancient Voices” Male Choir Library

Ample Sound has released Ample Percussion Cloudrum, a freeware steel tongue drum virtual instrument in VST, AU, and AAX plugin and standalone formats for PC and Mac. Ample Percussion Cloudrum is a sample-based steel tongue drum instrument featuring four different articulations (Open, Mute, Opened Release, Muted Release) and two microphone positions with stereo and mono modes for [...]

View post: Ample Sound Releases Free Cloudrum VST/AU Plugin

AfroDJMac has released the Ableton Live Wrapping Paper Instrument Pack, a free set of sample-based instrument racks for Ableton Live. Just in time for Chrismas, this brand new freebie by AfroDJMac (his 165th free Ableton Live pack so far!) features instruments which use recorded samples of gift-wrapping paper as the sound source. It may seem [...]

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RS-MET has announced the release of ToolChain, a freeware multi-functional tool in VST and AU plugin formats for 64-bit digital audio workstations on PC and Mac. ToolChain represents an all-in-one collection of RS-MET’s previously released plugins, including their virtual instruments and effects. The different effects can be connected together to create a complex multi-FX unit [...]

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